I have worked as a pastry chef, baker, barrista, done catering, etc. It was fun, and I met my husband when he hired me to work in the restaurant where he was chef, but as Anthony Bourdain has said, "this is a young mans game". We are now both pleasantly engaged in other fields.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, particularly breads. I hated doing wedding cakes when the bride wanted pounds of decorative frosting -nasty, even if the ingredients are good! I love to cook Indian food, barbecue sauces, pies. love a challenge.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have my grandmothers' rolling pin, and some of her pie plates. I love teaching my daughters to cook and bake. We have had my family here for Thanksgiving for 10 (or 15?) years now, usually about 25 people, and it's lot's of fun.
My cooking triumphs
I was asked to sell my spaghetti sauce recipe for a fund-raiser! It did pretty well, too. I get a lot of compliments on my pies and breads, but my favorite thing to do is figure out "something from nothing - delicious meals using bargains and what's on hand"
My cooking tragedies
I once made a vegetable lasagna, that was good, but that my children absolutely hated.My daughter, 9 years old at the time, wrote a paper for school, called "The Worst Thing I Ever Ate".She got an "A". The teacher thought that it was hysterical. Well, I guess it was!